LOCAL PANEL

A post-screening discussion on maternal health issues will follow the film featuring a panel of invited guests. Confirmed guests include:

Lori Bilbrey – Doula, Midwife Assistant and Yoga Instructor
Doula with training from ALACE since 2000
Homebirth Midwife Assistant and Apprentice with Debi Church from 1999 to 2001
Homebirth Midwife Assistant and Apprentice with Carolyn Drake from 2008-2009 & 2010- 2011
Assisted as a Birth/Post-Partum Doula, Monitrice, or Midwife Assistant for 200 Births
Gave birth to all 3 of my children in out-of-hospital settings, my first child at The Farm in 1993 and my second and third at home.
Initiated and taught the first pre-natal and mommy and me yoga classes in Chattanooga.
Counseled hundreds of women on fertility, breastfeeding, postpartum depression, natural and holistic health, birth control, reproductive health, spirituality, holistic nutrition and nourishing and healing with herbal medicine.
Facilitated hundreds of workshops for women since 1994
Reiki Healer since 1993
, studied under master herbalist Susun Weed since 1993.
Founded and Taught Yoga, Meditation, Belly Dance, Healing, and Sacred Sound at Moon Haven Studio Holistic Center for Women from 2006-2012
Currently so honored to be helping women as a Doula, Monitrice, Healer, Counselor, Herbalist, Yoga Instructor, and Workshop & Retreat Leader.

Alicia Fox – RN, CNM
Labour and Delivery RN for 7.5yrs
Graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing in 2012 from Frontier Nursing University
Sat for the national certification exam by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) in July 2012
License by the State of TN as a certified nurse-midwife (CNM)
Member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
Advocate and strong supporter of VBAC
Alicia is interested in opening a free-standing, non-profit birth center in the Chattanooga area
She is the mother of three children.

Jennifer Mercer – CNM
Works as Certified Nurse Midwife at Caring Choice Women’s Center
Received her master’s degree from the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing
Prior to becoming a nurse-midwife Jennifer worked as a labor and delivery nurse in Chattanooga.
She also taught childbirth education classes for eight years as a Lamaze certified childbirth educator
She has provided support for countless women during childbirth as a labor doula.
Jennifer has a special interest in adolescent health and prenatal education.
She is married and is the proud mother of three sons.

Michelle Ray – CPM-TN
Active in birth work for 9 years as a Doula and as an apprentice for five years.
Sat for the national exam for the North American Registry of Midwifery in 2009.
Currently licensed with the state of Tennessee.
elected Vice President of the Tennessee Midwives Association in 2010.
Works for Journey Midwifery Services offering prenatal, birth, and postpartum care for homebirths in the Chattanooga area.
Married to husband Chris with three wonderful girls whom she is homeschooling, Michelle balances her midwifery work with the work of raising a family.
Experience:
▪ 5 years as Midwife’s Apprentice at Yalad Maternity Services
▪ 8 years as Doula at Special Deliveries, Inc.
▪ Currently President of the Tennessee Midwives Association
▪ Michelle is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation
▪ Certified in CPR and Basic Life Support
▪ Teaches classes to local EMT’s and Fire departments on Childbirth in the field
Michelle participates in Peer Reviews and Continuing Education opportunities.